What started as a wet spring in portions of South Dakota has evolved into concerns over lack of rain portions of the state.

With the danger of dry conditions, Governor Dennis Daugaard activated the South Dakota Drought Task Force on Thursday (June 8), with the task force holding their first meeting the same day.

“The recent hot, dry weather has increased drought conditions quickly in parts of South Dakota,” says Governor Daugaard. “The Drought Task Force gives us a way to share information so we can all appropriately respond. We want to be ready in case drought conditions persist.”

The task force was organized to have the communication components and resources to monitor conditions throughout the state, including areas that are not considered to be in a drought region.

With the state's economy being heavily dependent on the agriculture sector, the task force will also review and project how the state's economy could be affected should a lack of rain persist.

The task force includes representatives from the: Governor’s Office, Department of Agriculture, Department of Public Safety, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Game, Fish and Parks, South Dakota National Guard and Bureau of Information and Telecommunications.

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